Live and Work in Excellence

Live and Work in Excellence by Kirk Hunt

 

And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

1 Kings 7:13-14  KJV

Solomon took the task of building the Temple seriously.  King David’s stockpile for the Temple did not suffice.  Solomon started importing the best materials from other countries.

 

As any builder will tell you, good materials are not enough.  Excellent men and women are required for the best results on any project.  Solomon looked past the politically connected and even those with good local reputations.  He wanted an elite artificer to work on God’s Temple.

 

Solomon sent for Hiram (or Huram), a craftsman, living in a foreign land, to serve as Chief Craftsman on the Temple.  Despite his mixed heritage, and probably disadvantage upbringing, Hiram came to the attention of kings (Hiram I and Solomon, as a minimum).

 

You have the opportunity to live and work in excellence.  With enough excellence, you will come to the attention of “kings.”  Of course, you should be focused on the attention of the King of Kings.

 

Your life can bring Him Glory.  Your work can praise Him to everyone around you.  Just live to be the best of the best.

 

 

Think: No matter where I am, I should live and work in excellence.

 

Pray: “Lord, give me a chance to bring You glory through a spirit of excellence.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2012, Kirk Hunt

Working For Laban

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Working For Laban by Kirk Hunt

 

Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

Genesis 31:41 KJV

Jacob ran to Uncle Laban for protection and support.  For the next 20 years, Laban kept the young man safe from outsiders.  Unfortunately, Jacob needed someone to keep him safe from Uncle Laban.

 

Honesty, fairness and loyalty are precious.  For two decades, Jacob learned and re-learned that lesson.  Jacob left wealthy, but he understood Brother Esau’s complaint against him.

 

Perhaps you are working for a modern day Laban.  It is difficult to work with someone who seems so intent on profiting only at your expense.  There are days you do not feel forgotten, you feel sentenced, to that place and space.

 

Jacob became wealthy and blessed working for Laban.  God fulfilled His promises to make a great nation of Jacob.  In the same way, God will fulfill His promises to you.

 

No matter how “Laban” schemes or maneuvers, God will see that you get what He promised.  No amount or level of human trickery can overcome God’s faithfulness.

 

There is a blessing in that place and those folk.  God will secure you.  Even more, He will enrich you.  Be faithful.  No matter how faithless they are.

 

Stay honest and loyal.  Do the right work, the right way.  You will leave ‘Laban’ with all that God has promised.

 

Think:                        God will deliver His promises to me, if I do my part.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be faithful, even to a ‘Laban.’”

 

 

Copyright © February 2012, Kirk Hunt

Some Dreams Do Not Die

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“Some Dreams Do Not Die” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

2 Kings 4:16 KJV

 

Her hands came off her hips and covered her mouth. Her dry, squinting eyes were suddenly wide and full of tears. Elisha’s prophecy released the hidden dream of her heart. The dream lurched from its dark cell into the bright sun of her life.

 

The tough, self-assured woman of verse 13 suddenly gave way to the tender, vulnerable girl of verse 16. Our dreams have power. Even our hidden dreams. Especially the dreams that should have died.

 

There you are, building the Kingdom. You have not asked, or expected, a reward for your faithfulness. God will select an unlikely place and space to fulfill your dreams.

 

God delights in bringing dreams to life. Probably the dreams you had forgotten. Especially the dreams you thought were long since dead.

 

Your season is coming. A season when you will hold something precious. A season you did not think possible.

 

Some dreams do not die. Some dreams linger, waiting for God’s power and the right season. Some dreams you did not ask for, but God gave you anyway.

 

Think: Nothing is impossible for God.

 

Pray: “Father-God, no dream is impossible with You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Despite The Circumstances

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“Despite The Circumstances” by Kirk Hunt

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10 KJV)

Job 2:9-10 KJV

Mr. and Mrs. Job sat in the middle of devastation and loss. A lifetime of carefully accumulated wealth disappeared in the space of a morning. The precious lives of their 10 children had been just as unceremoniously cut short. Job, himself, lay miserable and hurting with disease.

You would think there would be at least a little bitterness. The facts point to betrayal by God Himself. Job ignores that false conclusion.

Job chooses to trust God. During the good. Despite the bad. He knew that no matter the circumstances, God’s love is good and constant.

Hurting with pain, and living through extraordinary loss, Job held the line. He refused to believe that God had abandoned him. He dismissed the story told by the facts and figures.

Perhaps you are hurting during a season of loss and devastation. Ignore the statistics. Trust in God’s faithfulness and grace.

No matter how dark and hopeless it looks, God is there. He didn’t turn from you then. He will not turn from you now. There might be chaos and noise today, but there will be peace and calm in your (near) future.

Think: When everything is disrupted, God’s grace remains.

Pray: “Lord, I choose to trust you, no matter what.”

Copyright © February 2010, Kirk Hunt